DAVID MOONEY has promised to bring the League One Trophy to Vi and John Rubens for a big celebration with residents if Orient win the title.
The striker, who visited the Jewish Care old age home in Ilford along with Moses Odubajo last Thursday to mark Mitzvah Day, spoke at length with 100-year-old Leslie Richmond, who has supported the O’s since he was a boy.
The pair spent 15 minutes talking about Mr Richmond’s memories of playing at Brisbane Road for Hackney School Boys – a day where he let in three goals after admitting he was “a bit too short.”
Mr Richmond told the Orient players: “This is the best season we’ve had for years. I always look out for the results in the newspaper. I hope we win the league.”
And Mooney responded, saying: “If we win the league then we’ll bring the trophy here and we can all celebrate together. We’ll have a big party.”
Both Mooney and Odubajo met with a whole host of residents – posing for photos and signing autographs.
It is the fourth year in a row which Orient have visited the home but the first without former player Ben Chorley, who joined Stevenage last season.
Chorley struck up a close rapport with 106-year-old Millie Gee, who was keen to find out what had happened him.
She spoke with 20-year-old Odubajo about Chorley before posing for a photo with the O’s winger.
“We’re putting smiles on people’s faces,” said Odubajo following the visit.
“I can’t believe Millie is still going – she’s 106, nearly 107. She was still asking about the players who had come a couple of years ago and it’s incredible what she remembered.
“It was a real honour to come and meet these people. It makes you realise what you’ve got and how long you’ve got it here.”
Mooney, who was a big hit with the residents, after being described as “the man who scores all the goals” by one elderly gentleman, said he’s already looking forward to going back again.
“Coming here was a new experience but one I thoroughly enjoyed,” he said.
“The most important thing is that you walk away and leave a smile on their faces.”
Neil Taylor, Director of Care and Community Services at Jewish Care, added: “It was great to see David and Moses take time out from their training to visit elderly residents at our Vi and John Rubens Home in Redbridge.
“Leyton orient Football Club now has a wonderful relationship with the home and the residents look forward to the visit of the players every year – and this year hopefully they bring some of their current football magic to their lives”.